These mental habits were developed to teach school children how to think critically and become problems solvers. It’s a valuable skill for adults to learn as well.

When presented with any new information think about:

  1. Evidence: Why do you think this information is true or false? What should count? What do you think you know and why?
  2. Viewpoints: How would this look from other perspectives? How would other people or companies think about this differently?
  3. Connections: Noticing any patterns? Have you seen something like this before?
  4. Conjecture: What if something about this was different? How would that impact things?
  5. Relevance: Why does this matter?

(Source: A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger)

These tips will help you get a deeper understanding of whatever you’re studying, be it something technical, political, social, etc.